How the 2012 London Olympic Tennis Draws Were Determined
Tennis, which will be one of the featured events at the 2012 Olympics because it is being played at Wimbledon was part of the modern Olympics from 1896 until 1924 and then added again starting in 1988, when it became the first sport to include professional athletes in the
Players must have received a nomination by their national tennis federation, complete the ITF qualifying requirements and be approved by the International Olympic Committee. The singles draws of 64 players are comprised of 56 direct acceptances based on the post-French Open June 11, 2012, rankings, six slots are at the discretion of the ITF and the final two places are selected by Tripartite Commission Invitation. The 32 team doubles draw was determined by 24 direct acceptances based on combined player rankings, using the better of a player’s singles or doubles’ ranking, as of June 11th (any player ranked in the doubles top ten could play with any other player) and eight teams selected by the ITF. For the first time since 1924, mixed doubles is also being played and the 16 team draw will include 12 direct acceptances based on combined world rankings as of June 11th, as well as four teams selected by the ITF. The teams will be determined on-site from players who are already competing in the singles or doubles events and have been nominated by their National Olympic Committees by July 31st. There is a limit of four singles players per country, as well as two doubles teams with a maximum of six players, i.e. six men and six women, per country in total.